When a crusade against the Church of England's practice of self-enrichment misfires, scandal taints the cozy community of Barchester when their local church becomes the object of a scathing, investigative report.
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 Rev. Septimus Harding (7 episodes, 1982)
Janet Maw ...
 Eleanor Bold / ... (7 episodes, 1982)
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 Archdeacon Grantly / ... (7 episodes, 1982)
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 Susan Grantly (7 episodes, 1982)
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 Mary Bold (6 episodes, 1982)
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 Bishop Proudie (5 episodes, 1982)
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 Mrs. Proudie (5 episodes, 1982)
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 Obadiah Slope (5 episodes, 1982)
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 La Signora Madeline Vesey Neroni (5 episodes, 1982)
Susan Edmonstone ...
 Charlotte Stanhope (5 episodes, 1982)
Peter Blythe ...
 Bertie Stanhope (5 episodes, 1982)
Joseph O'Conor ...
 Mr. Bunce (4 episodes, 1982)
William Redgrave ...
 Samuel Grantly (3 episodes, 1982)
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 Bishop Grantly (3 episodes, 1982)
Christopher Maynard ...
 Baby John Bold (3 episodes, 1982)
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 Mr. Quiverful (3 episodes, 1982)
Maggie Jones ...
 Letitia Quiverful (3 episodes, 1982)
Clifford Parrish ...
 Abel Handy (3 episodes, 1982)
Derek New ...
 Francis Arabin (3 episodes, 1982)
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 John Bold (2 episodes, 1982)
Trevor Baxter ...
 Dr. Gwynne (2 episodes, 1982)
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 Tom Towers (2 episodes, 1982)
Wally Thomas ...
 Mr. Moody (2 episodes, 1982)
Richard Bebb ...
 Dr. Vesey Stanhope (2 episodes, 1982)
Kenneth Keeling ...
 Mr. Gazy (2 episodes, 1982)
Denis Carey ...
 Job Skulpit (2 episodes, 1982)
Richard Leech ...
 Wilfred Thorne (2 episodes, 1982)
Ursula Howells ...
 Miss Thorne (2 episodes, 1982)
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The Barchester Chronicles, a BBC miniseries, is adapted from two mid-19th century novels by Anthony Trollope. When a crusade against the Church of England's practice of self-enrichment misfires, scandal taints the cozy community of Barchester when their local church becomes the object of a scathing report about the use of church funds. Consequently, an honorable middle-aged clergyman (Donald Pleasence) is forced into moral crisis and a conflict with his son-in-law, a pompous archdeacon (Nigel Hawthorne) and his youngest daughter's beloved (David Gwillim). The arrival of a new bishop (Clive Swift), his domineering wife (Geraldine McEwan), and a devious chaplain (Alan Rickman) - who may be hiding secrets - add to the dramatic scheming and complex power struggles among a colorful cast of characters. Written by Lulupalooza

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Mr. Harding's daughter Susan is played by Donald Pleasence's real-life daughter, Angela Pleasence. See more »

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Sir Abraham Haphazard: Give up this idea, Mr. Harding. A man is never the best judge of his own position.
Rev. Septimus Harding: A man is the best judge of his own feelings. I would rather beg than see those words written about me in the Jupiter, and know that the man who wrote those words has truth on his side. My God knows whether I love my daughter, but I would rather that she and I begged in the streets, than that she should live in comfort on money which is rightly the property of the poor! I'm sorry. And now you should know that from...
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At last!
2 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have been waiting more than a decade for this version to be released in the US, and finally my wait is over. When it first aired on Masterpiece Theater, I was transfixed by the story, the acting, and the sets. Watching this production 2 decades later confirms my earlier opinion that Barchester Chronicles is one of the very best of the Brit adaptations ever to appear in America.

The story concentrates on the private and public lives of clergymen and their families in a cathedral town of the Victorian age. Political intrigue, romance, and situation comedy are deftly interwoven by Trollope's magical hand. What makes this production so wonderful, though, is the acting. Can anyone imagine a Machiavelli more accomplished and doomed than Alan Rickman as the bestial Obadiah Slope? Could anyone else play the awful Mrs. Proudie as well as Geraldine McEwan? Could any other actors than Donald Pleasance and Nigel Hawthorne make believable their affection despite persistent differences of opinion? A host of minor characters rounds out the cast, including the wonderfully irresponsible Bertie Stanhope (Peter Blythe) and his scheming sister Madeline (Susan Hampshire), the marvelously weak pawn of a bishop (Clive Swift) and the delightfully vague Susan Grantly (Angela Pleasance). Absolutely splendid!

The first two hours are on the slow side, to be sure. However, once the new Bishop and his entourage arrive on the scene, there is nonstop action and amusement for another five episodes. If you have never read Trollope, this production will send you to the library!


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